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BIT 2015 - State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada

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Barbour, M. K., & Labonte, R. (2015, November). State of the nation: K-12 online learning in Canada. A presentation at the Bring IT Together conference, Niagara Falls, ON.

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BIT 2015 - State of the Nation: K-12 Online Learning in Canada

  1. 1. State  of  the  Na*on  Study:  K-­‐12  Online   Learning  in  Canada   Michael  K.  Barbour   Sacred  Heart  University     Randy  LaBonte   Canadian  eLearning  Network  (CANeLearn)    
  2. 2. State of the Nation: K–12 Online Learning in Canada ® Written by Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University
  3. 3. Canadian eLearning Network http://CANeLearn.net
  4. 4. Canadian eLearning Network •  CANeLearn  is  a  pan-­‐Canadian  network  of  K12   online  and  blended  learning  schools  and   organiza=ons   •  Focus  is  on  sharing  resources,  PD,  research   •  Intent  is  to  leverage  collec=ve  to  promote   online  and  blended  learning  opportuni=es   •  hFp://CANeLearn.net  
  5. 5. Mission    CANeLearn's  mission  is  to  provide   leadership  that  champions  student   success  in  online  and  blended   learning  and  provides  members  with   networking,  collabora=on,  and   research  opportuni=es.      
  6. 6. http://canelearn.net/state-of-the-nation-k-12-online-learning-in-canada/
  7. 7. Methodology  
  8. 8. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Ac=vity  
  9. 9. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Ac=vity   Province/Territory # of K-12 students # enroled in distance education Percent involvement NL 67,436 884 1.3% NS 122,643 ~2,720 2.2% PE 20,131 108 0.5% NB 101,079 2615 2.6% QC 1,307,026 ~70,5000 5.4% ON 2,015,411 78,095 3.9% MB 200,807 ~12,000 6.0% SK 172,205 ~10,000 1 5.8% AB 616,375 ~75,000 12.2% BC 635,057 77,912 12.3% YT 5,122 182 3.5% NT 8,204 228 2.8% NU 9,728 33 <0.1% Federal 106,500 ~1,800 0.1% Total 5,387,724 332,077 6.2% !
  10. 10. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Ac=vity  
  11. 11. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Ac=vity   1.  The  Saskatchewan  Ministry  of  Educa=on   provided  the  figure  of  2,611  students.   However,  based  on  previous  edi=ons  of  this   study,  the  Ministry  figure  oTen  represents   between  30%-­‐35%  of  the  total.  
  12. 12. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Ac=vity   •  26%  response  rate  in  2011   •  14%  response  rate  in  2012   •  21%  response  rate  in  2013    
  13. 13. Na=onal  Overview  -­‐  Regula=ons   1.  Legisla=ve  language  to  specifically  govern  DE   •  NS,  BC   2.  Policy  handbooks  outlining  regula=on  to   par=cipate  in  DE   •  NB,  ON,  MB   3.  Individual  agreements  with  DE  programs   •  PE,  ON,  BC,  YK,  NT,  NV,  Federal  (some)   4.  None   •  NL,  QC,  SK  
  14. 14. Trends   1.  K–12  distance  educa=on/elearning  con=nues  to   grow  each  year.   2.  BeFer  data  collec=on  is  needed  to  be  able  to   understand  the  exact  level  of  K–12  distance   educa=on.   3.  Blended  learning  is  pervasive,  but  oTen  not   recognized  as  blended  learning.   4.  Unions  are  cau=ously  suppor=ve   5.  Few  research  efforts,  limited  research  support,  but   more  research  is  required  to  beFer  guide  policy   makers.  
  15. 15. Trends  -­‐  Growth  
  16. 16. Trends  –  BeFer  Data   Province/Territory # of K-12 students # enroled in distance education Percent involvement NL 67,436 884 1.3% NS 122,643 ~2,720 2.2% PE 20,131 108 0.5% NB 101,079 2615 2.6% QC 1,307,026 ~70,5000 5.4% ON 2,015,411 78,095 3.9% MB 200,807 ~12,000 6.0% SK 172,205 ~10,000 1 5.8% AB 616,375 ~75,000 12.2% BC 635,057 77,912 12.3% YT 5,122 182 3.5% NT 8,204 228 2.8% NU 9,728 33 <0.1% Federal 106,500 ~1,800 0.1% Total 5,387,724 332,077 6.2% !
  17. 17. Trends  –  BeFer  Data   1.  The  Saskatchewan  Ministry  of  Educa=on   provided  the  figure  of  2,611  students.   However,  based  on  previous  edi=ons  of  this   study,  the  Ministry  figure  oTen  represents   between  30%-­‐35%  of  the  total.  
  18. 18. Trends  –  BeFer  Data   •  26%  response  rate  in  2011   •  14%  response  rate  in  2012   •  21%  response  rate  in  2013    
  19. 19. Trends  –  Blended  Learning   •  more  than  a  third  of  the  enrollments  in  the  New   Brunswick  provincial  learning  management  system  are   from  classroom  teachers  and  students  using  the  content   in  a  blended  fashion   •  while  the  Learn  program  in  Quebec  serves  approximately   5300  students  engaged  in  its  distance  educa=on   programs,  it  has  more  than  150,000  enrollments  from   classroom  teachers  and  students  using  asynchronous   course  content   •  Bri=sh  Columbia’s  Navigate  Program  in  the  Courtenay/ Comox  school  district  received  iNACOL’s  2014  Innova=ve   Prac=ce  of  the  year  award  
  20. 20. Trends  –  Suppor=ve  Unions   •  NLTA  partnered  with  the  CDLI  to  create  a  Virtual  Teachers   Centre  to  use  the  infrastructure  and  exper=se  of  the  K-­‐12   online  learning  program  to  deliver  online  professional   development   •  several  teacher  unions  have  invested  in  research  into  how   teaching  at  a  distance  differs  from  teaching  in  the  classroom,   and  what  impact  that  has  on  the  workload  and  quality  of  life   of  their  members  who  teach  at  a  distance  (e.g.,  ATA  &  BCTF)   •  NSTU  has  11  provisions  related  to  distance  educa=on  in  its   contract  that  focus  on  teacher  cer=fica=on,  workload  issues,   defini=on  of  a  school  day  for  DE,  school-­‐based  supervision   and  administra=on  of  DE  students,  DE  class  size,  professional   development,  and  governance  of  DE  programs  
  21. 21. Trends  –  More  Research   •  beyond  a  small  number  of  descrip=ve  and/or   overview  pieces,  there  is  very  liFle  research   •  BCTF  -­‐  an  effort  to  understand  what  K-­‐12   distance,  online  and  blended  learning  mean  for  its   members  and  the  nature  of  their  work  life   •  MUN    -­‐  two  federally  funded  ini=a=ves:   1.  the  Centre  for  TeleLearning  and  Rural  Educa=on     2.  the  Killick  Centre  for  E-­‐Learning  Research  
  22. 22. http://canelearn.net/state-of-the-nation-k-12-online-learning-in-canada/
  23. 23. Your   Ques=ons   and   Comments  
  24. 24. Contact Information •  Randy  LaBonte   – Chief  Execu=ve  Officer   – rlabonte@canelearn.net       hJp://CANeLearn.net      
  25. 25.  Director  of  Doctoral  Studies   Sacred  Heart  University,  USA   mkbarbour@gmail.com   hFp://www.michaelbarbour.com    

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